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Touraine, County of

by Michael Berry

1014 AC

Area:
392 square miles

Population:
1000 AC - 2800
1014 AC - 2520

Villages: (population values are given for 1000 AC and 1014 AC)
Vendeè (560/500): is located in the center of the County a couple of miles north of the tower of Touraine.
The village serves as the commercial and administrative center of Touraine and serves the needs of the ruling Countess of Touraine.
Rombiolo (400/350): is located on the Isoile River at the south end of the Pont de Arts and one of the primary crossing points over the Isoile River. Located where the Ource meets the Isoile the land is incredible fertile and is the agricultural center of Touraine.
Chantonnay (245/225): is located in the foothills of the Glantrian Alps and is the center of the silver mining trade in Touraine with two large mines in operation in the surrounding hills and mountains.

Ethnic groups:
Averoignian 35%, Flaem 35%, Thyatian 25%, Orkarian 3%, Other 2%

Languages:
Thyatian common, Averoignian

Ruler:
Dame Genevieve de Sephora (born 959, 1000AC - M20, 1014AC - M23, 5th Circle Alchemist, AL - Neutral)

House:
Sylaire

Military:
The Countess maintains a fulltime professional guard force, The Ram’s Head (40 F2, chain, spear and short sword or hand axe, riding normal horses) are divided into 4 squads each led by a sergeant which patrols Touraine and upholds the laws and watches for wandering monsters from the nearby mountains. Touraine is often visited by patrols from Les Hiboux by the various banners of Malachie's 15th Division that is stationed there and they assist the Ram’s Head in patrolling the land and watching for wandering monsters. The 15th Division also participates in training and exercises with the local militia of Touraine. The Viscounty employs 20 sheriffs who handle basic law and order within the Viscounty.

Trails:
Touraine, located on the south bank of the Isoile River and tucked between the river and the mountains has no major trails passing through it. The fair quality Ximes road leads from Rombiolo westward and over the Tarn River at the Pont de Edoard to Ximes in Noevelle Averoigne. The majestic Pont des Arts crosses the Isoile opposite Rombiolo and provides easy access to and from Touraine from the Isoile and Les Hiboux Free Provinces and the rest of Glantri via the Vyonnes-Glantri City Road. The trail leading from Vendeè to Rombiolo and over the Pont des Arts to Canolo in the Isoile Free Province is a fair rated trail and is heavily patrolled by the Ram’s Head. The smaller settlements of Touraine are linked to each other and to Vendeè and Rombiolo by smaller poor quality trails.

Food:
Subsistence

Economics:
Touraine produces enough staple foods to feed its own population and those communities surrounding it. Touraine is home to several large productive silver mines which account for a large portion of the wealth of the County. The rolling hills of Touraine are tailor made for livestock so Touraine raises an excess of cows, sheep and pigs which are often shipped across the river to the more agricultural Les Hiboux Free Province where the land is too rich to waste by giving it over to grazing lands.

Touraine Monthly Financial Ledger (figures from 1000 AC)

Main resources: 1 animal (livestock), 1 mineral (silver)

5 hexes: hills; rural; pop. 1400; tax 140 dc
2 hexes: hills, river; rural; pop. 840; tax 84 dc
Touraine: village; pop. 560; tax 56 dc

Total population: 2800 villages/rural

Tax Income: 280 dc
Resource Income: 1400 dc
Standard Income: 2240 dc
Council Tax: 784 dc
Net Cash: 896 dc
Overhead (45%): 403 dc
Available Cash: 493 dc

With 20160 XP/year, in 14 years (1000-1014) the Countess could gain 282,240 XP, rising from M20 to M22 on dominion XP alone.

Alternate: 3360 XP/year in 14 years (1000-1014) the Countess could gain 47,040 XP on dominion XP alone.

History:
Counts of Touraine:
Thierry Tulasne 896-986 b.? d.984
Brotherhood of the Radiance 896-986

Genevieve de Sephora 986- b.959

 
The lands that later became the Country of Touraine were, like all of western Glantri sparsely settled by the Flaem upon their arrival in the Highlands. Other than the occasional prospector, hunter/trapper, or reclusive wizard the lands up the Isoile River valley remained unsettled until the stranded remnants of the Overlord’s army settled the lands. While the Orkarians did settle the upper river valley they tended to concentrate in the rich agricultural lands of present day Noevelle Averoigne. Only a few Orkarians and Flaem settled the wild hills between the Isoile River and the mountains to the west of Braejr. However with the coming of the Averoignians to the northwest and the Thyatians to the southeast around 728, the hills to the south of the Isoile were soon rapidly settled by the land and space hungry settlers.

At first the Thyatians were the predominant settlers of the hills of Touraine and surrounding area due to the proximity of their main settlements in present day Westheath and Hightower where the Averoignians under King Edoard had the rich lands of present day Noevelle Averoigne as well as the rich river valley north of the Isoile to settle. All changed however once the first word of significant deposits of silver and other valuable metals were discovered in the hills and adjacent mountains. The hills were outside of King Edoard’s original borders for his Kingdom of Noevelle Averoigne and unclaimed by the Kings of the Flaem so a general land rush ensued as Thyatian, Flaem, and Averoignians all moved into the hills to tap into and exploit the mineral wealth of the hills. It is likely that conflict would have ensued between the Averoignian, Flaem and the Thyatians if not for the series of civil wars that plagued the Highlands starting in 784.

Taking advantage of first the war between the Thyatian and the Flaem and soon after the war between the Alphatian/Hattians and Thyatin/Flaem coalitions the King of the Noevelle Averoigne, King Michel, annexed the hills south of the Isoile as far east as Les Hiboux and made them a part of his Kingdom. The end of the civil wars in 828 brought peace to the Highlands for the first time in nearly 50 years and not wanting to risk a new war, this time with Noevelle Averoigne, the new Council of the Republic grudgingly gave up claims over the rich hills but redoubled efforts to have the Kingdom join the Republic. Finally with the 3rd King of Noevelle Averoigne, Etienne d’Ambreville, progress was made and in return for some steep conditions the Kingdom of Noevelle Averoigne was dissolved and the whole of western Glantri was annexed. The hills of Touraine were made a free province and saw a new wave of Flaemish and Thyatian settlers arrive to settle the hills alongside the Averoignians.

The hills of Touraine remained a part of the Isoile Free Province, and under the auspices of the Council of Princes of the new magocracy of Glantri for some 50 years until political dealings between the Council of Princes and Etienne d’Ambreville’s successor Pierre resulted in a new dominion being carved from the Isoile Free Territory. Part of the terms of Pierre being allowed to follow his mentor, Etienne, as Grandmaster of the Great School was that the issue who would hold the most prestigious and powerful Council Charge would be readdressed in 15 years. When that time came in 896 the Council found itself at an impasse between supporters of Pierre and those of Fernando de Belcadiz. As part of the compromise to allow resolution Pierre agreed to step down but only if the Council would create two new dominions in western Glantri and that he would be able to put forward to the Council those to rule them. The Council agreed and Pierre choose the hills of Touraine to be one and chose his mysterious advisor, but one known to be extremely powerful wizard, Thierry Tulasne to be his choice to rule the new County. The Council debated for the day about the choice of Tulasne. There was no doubt as to his qualifications but no one could trace his background back any further than 5 years into the past. No one knew where he came from, or even if he was Glantrian. However at the end of the day Tulasne won approval of the Council of Princes with only a few dissentions and established the Country of Touraine and became its first Count.

The mysterious Count Tulasne was rarely ever seen in Touraine and appointed a very capable Orkarian to administer Touraine while Tulasne immersed himself in his magical research at his new tower of Touraine. Touraine was led capably by Tulasne’s appointed Orkarian administrator and enjoyed many years of growth and prosperity as a new silver lode was found in the southwest portion of Touraine which brought even more settlers to the dominion. Tulasne himself was seen only rarely outside of his tower, at most once a year, and as time went on both the people of Touraine and Council of Princes forgot about him.

And so it went for nearly 100 years the Thierry Tulasne remained the Count of Touraine. A long time for sure but for long lived wizards it was hardly rare enough to merit the attention of the Council of Princes. He was rarely seen in his years of rule but seen enough, once or twice a year, to not raise questions with the Council so little notice was paid when he was not seen for several years, coinciding with the reappearance of the d’Ambrevilles and the lifting of the Grey Mist in 984 so it came as little surprise when Prince Etienne announced to the Council of Princes in 986 that Thierry Tulasne, Count of Touraine had passed away. Tulasne was thought to be heirless with no children, known family, or a declared heir. Prince Etienne surprised the Council of Princes by introducing Genevieve de Sephora, a recently arrived wizard from Old Averoigne, as a distant relation to Tulasne from Old Averoigne. After several sessions of debate and investigation a bitterly divided Council barely passed Etienne’s motion and declared Genevieve de Sephora as the new Countess of Touraine.

In the years that followed the new Countess taking over Touraine the County saw a steady growth in population and a firm steady hand in administering it as Genevieve took a personal hand in ruling Touraine and unlike many nobles spend most of her time in her dominion. Unlike Tulasne before her Genevieve made it a point to get out of her tower and visit the settlements of Touraine and soon came to earn the respect of those she ruled. Her reign as Countess was tested severely during the Great Plague when Touraine, as all Glantri, was hit hard and without clerical magic to help combat it lost nearly 15% of its population. With the end of the plague and then the Great War Touraine has seen life pretty much return to normal. The population has started to grow again after the grievous losses of 1008-1009 and within a few years Touraine is expected to return to pre-war population levels and prosperity.

Notable sites:
The DeVille estate located in the southeast hills of the County is the longtime home of the DeVille family, a family of famous were-hunters. For years it served as the home and based of operations of Circè (M13), Simon (M9), and Lucien (F7). Today it no longer serves as the home of the DeVilles. Simon and Lucien were killed in 1004 on a werewolf hunt in the Valley of the Wolves and Circè became the Baroness of Leadyl in 1010. Today the estate still belongs to the family but is presently only occupied by a caretaker hired by the Baroness.

Mont Lauziére is a small mountain located near the center of the County of Touraine. Several silver lodes have been found within its slopes and foothills. Unknown as of yet however is the existence of a large cavern within the mountain. The cavern has a hidden surface exit on the southern slopes of the mountain other exits from the cavern lead downward and lead nearly 1000 feet downward and eventually exit in the lands of the Shadow elves. The shadow elves are aware of the path into and out of their lands and make sure the tunnel is guarded. Agents and spies are regularly dispatched to Glantri through the cavern and tunnels.

Coat of Arms:

Useful links:
Night Howlers by Ann Dupuis
The Economy of Touraine by Aleksei Andrievski
Noevelle Averoigne, Morlay-Malinbois, Fausseflammes, The history of the d’Ambreville family, and Genevieve de Sephora by Michael Berry